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 Violette Buckingham <I>Selfridge</I> de Sibour

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Violette Buckingham Selfridge de Sibour

  • Birth 5 Jun 1897 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 1996 Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 127175602

Daughter of London department store owner Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr., and his wife Rosalie Amelia Buckingham Selfridge.

Married to Jacques Jean de Sibour on May 4, 1921, in London, England. In 1928, they embarked on a trip around the world in a two-seater plane with both taking turns at the controls. They were divorced in February 1949 in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Two children: WWII pilot Jean Jacques Henri Blaise de Sibour (1922-1943) and actress Jacqueline de Sibour


London Merchant's Daughter
Marries Jacques de Sibour,
Famous War Aviator.


She Wears Lace of Marie Antoinette
At Ceremony -- Reception at
Historic Lansdowne House.

Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES
LONDON, May 4 -- Miss Violette Selfridge, second daughter of Gordon Selfridge, was married this afternoon at Brompton Oratory to Vicomte Jacques de Sibour, son of Comte de Sibour of Chateau du Sollier, France. Lace which belonged to Marie Antoinette was given to the bride by her father-in-law to trim her white satin dress, over which she wore a tunic of white tulle embroidered in satin.

The bridesmaids were Lady Millicent Taylor, the Hon. Rita Napier, Miss Beatrice Selfridge, Mlle. Marlon de Bolotoff and Miss Lila Hotz.

Father Bernard Vaughan officiated. The bride's father gave her away, and her brother, H. Gordon Selfridge Jr., acted as best man. The ushers were Serge de Bolotoff, a brother-in-law of the bride; James M. Beck Jr., Eric Dunstan, John Wennell and Augustin Edwards.

About 1,200 invitations were issued for the church.

A feature of the reception at Lansdowne House was the cutting of a huge wedding cake, surmounted by an exact model of the bridegroom's airplane. The reception marked the formal opening of Lansdowne House, a famous Georgian mansion in Piccadilly, the only house left now in the heart of London with a garden, Devonshire House, its neighbor, to be parceled off into business later. Mr. Selfridge's acquisition of this historic house caused much interest, and London society was anxious to visit its long closed galleries to see the paintings and marbles.

The bride received nearly one thousand presents, including a wonderful display of jewelry. Rodman Wanamaker of Philadelphia sent a diamond and sapphire brooch; the Comte de Sibour gave a diamond and emerald brooch, and Sir Ernest Cassel, the financier, a crystal and sapphire brooch.

The bride's father is proprietor of one of London's leading department stores. Vicomte de Sibour is a member of an old French family which is Catholic, and which for generations inhabited the Chateau du Sollier. He was a famous flyer during the war and won both French and English decorations. Occasionally he flies his own machine over the rooftops of London.

The Vicomte and his bride expect to spend their honeymoon in Italy, after which they will return to London to make their home.

Published May 5, 1921



January 27, 1949

RENO, Jan. 26 -- Vicomte Jacques Jean de Sibour, who left France as a young man to take a job in the H. Gordon Selfridge department store in London and later married the proprietor's daughter, Violette Buckingham Selfridge, filed suit for divorce here today.



Special to The New York Times on
February 02, 1949


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